Na Thon is the only town in Ko Samui. It is a simple, sleeply town with a small population unlike the more densely populated villages on the island. It has two piers on the northern part. Ferries from Surat Thani on the mainland that travel to the island deposit their passengers and goods at the town’s pier.
Being the island’s sole town, this is where local government offices are found, such as the immigration office, the post office, and the main police office. On the other side of the pier is the harbour road where a few travel agencies can be found. From here, you can book tours to the Angthong National Marine Park, which is comprised of 42 islands in the Central Gulf Coast. The marine park covers an area of 250 square kilometers and has some of the most unique and beautiful diving spots in Thailand. A boat travels daily from Na Thon to Angthong National Marine Park. If you want to visit the islands of Phangan and Tao, you can also book your tours in these travel agencies.
Walking through the streets of the town, you will find several stalls selling clothes and beachwear. However, for a greater variety of things to buy, it is recommended that you visit the Chaweng beach road market, as the stalls in Na Thon offer limited choices. Near the pier, you will find Taweeraj Pakdee Road where there are a couple of banks should you need to have your traveller’s checks encashed. More shops and a few supermarkets are also found on this street.
The town’s wet market lies along a back street near Taweeraj Pakdee. Here you can buy fresh seafood, vegetables, fruits, and a wide selection of different Thai spices. The wet market opens in the morning and closes late afternoon. Angthong Road, which is found between harbour road and Taweeraj Pakdee, has handicraft shops where you can buy souvenir items.
The town has several restaurants on the southern seaside promenade that serve fresh seafood. Sunset House is one of the famous restaurants along this strip. Its name is so fitting because it gives its guests a very good view of the sunset while they enjoy their delectable seafood dishes. The food here is not as costly as that served in restaurants in Chaweng.
There are a number of transportation options from this town to Chaweng and other villages. Buses leaving for Chaweng and Lamai wait for passengers along harbour road.
Na Thon does not have a lot of beach resorts like the nearby villages. However, you can find a few good ones that are quite affordable. The Grand Sea View Resotel has 46 rooms, 26 of which face the sea and 20 of which give a picturesque view of the island. Grand Sea View Resotel has a swimming pool and a decent restaurant and bar. You can also order snacks and drinks on the beachside from 10am to 8pm. The resort is near Seatran ferry and is just a short 30-minute ride away from the airport.